Oceanbird wind propulsion venture accelerates to market

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Alfa Laval and Wallenius have finalized a 50/50 joint venture to accelerate Oceanbird wind-power solutions from a concept to commercial reality.

The system for wind propulsion, conceived by Wallenius, uses wing sails that have more in common with modern planes than traditional sailing ships.

Oceanbird will take wind power solutions from a cutting-edge marine concept to commercial reality. (Courtesy: Oceanbird)

The technology can reduce emissions by 90 percent on the largest ocean-going vessels.
“COP26 put the need for accessible technology in the spotlight,” said Niclas Dahl, Oceanbird’s managing director. “Decarbonizing shipping is imperative, and wind is a free source of power with a substantial role to play, and minimum need of infrastructure.”

The Oceanbird team was among winners of the Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards in 2021. Oceanbird carried the Wind Propulsion Products Award category in open voting with 40,000 participants.

“We’re proud of the recognition from our marine industry colleagues, which confirms that Oceanbird is on the right path,” Dahl said. “As the enthusiasm for wind-power grows, we’re moving rapidly to build on what we’ve achieved.

Our next wing sail prototype is on the horizon, and we’re on target to have a transatlantic carrier fully propelled by Oceanbird technology in 2025.”

Dahl said that the time for wind-energy development is now.

“Wind is an opportunity we must seize now. There’s simply no time to waste in phasing out fossil fuels,” he said.

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